Individual Volunteering

People like you are the backbone of our success.

Sign up for a Volunteer Info Session (Tuesdays, 4-4:30 PM at 7th & Virginia) by clicking here.

Questions? Check out our FAQs.


Current Opportunities:


Shelter Meal Delivery - PDF

On a shelter run, you help pack up meals for transportation and deliver them to local homeless shelters, then have an opportunity to serve dinner at the Downtown Emergency Service Center alongside FareStart chefs and students. No driving necessary. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs. 

Date/Time: Friday afternoons from 2:45-7p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 2-6:30 p.m.

Food Recovery

Community Meals incorporates recovered food and turns it into nutritious meals for food insecure individuals and families. Volunteers travel to farms in King County and help glean remaining produce from the harvest season, as well as pick up recovered food from other foodservice businesses throughout the year.

Date/Time: Volunteers are alerted on an on-call basis. The majority of gleans will take place from May through November. Time commitment varies based on opportunity.

Food Recovery Harvests and Gleans

Community Meals incorporates recovered food into nutritious meals serving several area emergency and transitional facilities. Support food recovery by gleaning fresh produce at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, or harvesting with us at Food Bank Farm in Snohomish! Gleaning is the process of collecting leftover produce after a harvest. Kids 7+ are welcome!

Date/Time: Various shifts July through October, 10-12pm and 12-2pm. Volunteer as often as you like.


Food Recovery Donation Processing

Donation volunteers help to properly clean and store donated food in the Community Meals Kitchen. Volunteers play a key role in maintaining the organization and success of the food recovery program.

Date/Time: Shifts run July through October. Volunteers must commit to a reoccurring schedule (some flexibility with vacation/work is understood), with available shifts in the afternoon on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Donation Processing Weekday Shifts

Donation Processing Weekend Shifts


Kitchen Prep - PDF

FareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. Help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students. 

Date/Time: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier). Volunteer as often as you like.

School Meals Kitchen Prep

Help our staff chef instructors and students prepare school meals in the FareStart kitchen at Pacific Tower. No experience required, and you will learn more than you thought possible about cutting food of all sorts! A great opportunity for hands-on volunteer work during the week!

Date/Time: Monday through Friday. Shift can be either 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer as often as you like.

Volunteer Orientation Video